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Chef Lou's Blue Cheese and Strawberry Salad with Sweet & Spicy Almonds

Chef Lou's Blue Cheese and Strawberry Salad with Sweet & Spicy Almonds

by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 23 at 2:33 PM

Ingredients                           

  • 4 cups of your favorite salad mix
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette (see recipe below)
  • ½ cup crumbled Blue Cheese
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries sliced
  • Sweet & Spicy Almonds (see recipe below)


Toss salad mix with vinaigrette and ½ of the blue cheese, oranges, strawberries, and pecans. Arrange on a large serving platter or individually 6 plates. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, oranges, strawberries, and pecans.

Dressing

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar(red wine vinegar will also work)
  • 3 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoon honey
  • 2-teaspoon fresh minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup diced sweet onion
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil


In a food processor or blender, combine 1st seven ingredients. Gradually add in olive oil.

Sweet & Spicy Pecans

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Chile powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Stir together ¼ cup sugar and 1 cup warm water until sugar dissolves. Add almonds: soak 10 minutes. Drain, discarding sugar mixture. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar, chili powder, and cayenne. Add almonds, tossing to coat. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.   

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